Author Archives: Ashli Baldwin

About Ashli Baldwin

Ashli manages the Gaia GPS communications team. In 2014 she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Ashli writes about her adventures on her blog http://www.tentside.com/

Best Northern California Backcountry Huts: 5 Must-See Ski-in Cabins of the Sierra

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With snow already accumulating on the slopes near Lake Tahoe and around Northern California, stoke is high for this winter’s ski season. If you are a skier or snowboarder and you haven’t made it to the mountains yet, you’ve probably been dreaming about shredding groomers at Heavenly, tree skiing at Kirkwood, or finding new lines… Read More »

93 Miles Around Mount Rainier: How to Thru-Hike the Wonderland Trail

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Early summer is here. The days are long, warm, and gorgeous. But for those of us looking forward to backpacking season in the Pacific Northwest, summer won’t truly arrive for another two months. Snow still abounds in the Cascades and Olympics, covering some of the best backpacking routes in the state: Seven Lakes Basin in… Read More »

Why You Should Always Print Maps Online with Gaia GPS

Mobile apps like Gaia GPS make it possible for everyone to have a high-end navigation tool in their pocket for a fraction of the price. Avid hikers and backpackers download maps to access them offline and use GPS to show their location anywhere in the world. Printed maps offer a super lightweight backup mechanism for… Read More »

Meet Christopher Kracht – Gaia GPS Adventure Support Team

  Chris joined Gaia GPS in July 2017 as a part of the Communications Team, to support Gaia GPS users and write articles. He uses Gaia GPS with his offroad and overlanding adventures. He has driven the backroads of Baja, Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Idaho while using Gaia GPS for navigation. He especially… Read More »

NeoTreks Land Use Maps Now Available

Premium Members now have access to Neotreks Land Use Maps for the United States. The layer shows high-detail ownership boundaries for federal, state, local, and municipal lands, as well as private inholdings. Consider using the map to plan your next hunting trip, RV excursion, or outdoor adventure. Layer it with Gaia Topo so you can… Read More »

Using Gaia GPS to Find Free Camping in National Forests

Using Gaia GPS to Find Free Camping in National Forests

Many National Forests across the United States allow free dispersed camping. This post will show you how to use Gaia GPS to find free camping spots before heading out and navigate when you get there. Dispersed camping refers to camping outside of established campgrounds, typically with no amenities like bathrooms or running water. Sites vary… Read More »

U.S. Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps Now Available

Find Forest Service roads and trails to drive with the new motor vehicle use maps (MVUM) layer, a Premium Member overlay available in Gaia GPS version 1.1 for iOS. Now you can route motorized treks in advance and navigate your way through U.S. National Forests from directly within the app. If you’re not familiar with… Read More »